Welcome to the Ijmuiden cruise port guide. Ijmuiden is a small town of just under 50.000 inhabitants at the mouth of the North Sea Canal going to Amsterdam. Ijmuiden has a few sights that are worth visiting, but many people will chose to go a little bit further afield. The port of Ijmuiden is the gateway to the Netherlands. Holland is a small place and therefore take into account Ijmuiden is about half an hour drive from Amsterdam, Haarlem, Volendam and an hour away from Delft and Rotterdam. Find out underneath what facilities you will find in port and how get further afield.
Tugged away on Spui square you will find a little portal that goes into the Begijnhof. It is a 14th century courtyard with a small church and little houses. It was build as a home for the Beguines nuns. Pay a visit here to enjoy one of the prettiest and quietest corners of the city centre. Open from 8am-5pm. Visit Begijnhof by taking tram 1, 2 or 5 from central station to Spui.
This 13th century building is the oldest building in Amsterdam. It’s a remarkable piece of architecture with its Estonian planks, 2500 graves, unique stained glass windows and much more.
Within short walking distance of the cruise terminal (see map above for exact location) you will find the North Sea Locks. This set of 4 locks that connect the North Sea Canal with the North Sea. It creates the connection between Amsterdam and sea. The first locks were created in 1876, which at that time made them the largest canal locks in the world. If you want you can have a look and see all the traffic come by using the locks.
The famous Red Light District in Amsterdam is basically a really cozy neighbourhood full of cafe’s, restaurants, shops and red coloured windows. If it wasn’t for its well known reputation you would find a quite, small town community here in the centre of Amsterdam. Have a nice stroll on these streets to get a sense on the tolerance of the Dutch. You will find the Red Light District on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal and Oudezijds Achterburgwal streets. The Red Light Districs is only a 10 minute walk from central station.
Climb the highest church tower in Amsterdam and get beautiful panoramic views over the city. Start your 186 step tour at the base of the tower. Open everyday. Catch tram 13 or 17 from Central Station to stop “Westermarkt”.
This high rated attraction in Amsterdam is not for the faint-hearted. Step inside to experience 500 years of Dutch history. Learn and experience the black plague, the secrets of Rembrandt and the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition. Take tram 9, 16 or 24 from Central Station to Rokin.
Vincent van Gogh is arguably one of the most influential of all modern artists. His greatest work is on display in the Van Gogh museum and that makes it one of the most popular museums in Amsterdam. Find the museum on Museum square. Take tram 2 or 5 from Central Station to Museum square.
The hottest neighbourhood in town right now is the 9 startles or 9 street. Find beautiful little boutiques, vintage shops and charming lunch places in one of the cutest areas of Amsterdam.
This museum is considered to be the best in the country. Enjoy an extraordinary collection of paintings from every pre-twentieth-century period of Dutch art. Find the greatest work of great Dutch names like Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer. Take tram 2, 5 or 24 from Central Station to Rijksmuseum/Museum square.
Also Amsterdam has a location occupied by this famous house of wax. We think if you have visited one, you have visited them all, so no need to go if you have already before. Take any tram from Central Station (except tram 26) to Dam Square.
The Vondelpark is to Amsterdam what central park is to New York. This big city park is where the locals work out, enjoy a nice picnic or get some fresh air. Visit the “Blauwe Theehuis” for a nice cup of tea and go people watching. Reach the Vondelpark with tram 1,2 or 5 from Central Station.
The Amsterdam China Town is the oldest Chinese neighbourhood on mainland Europe. It was established in 1911. Roam de Zeedijk (street) where you can visit the temple or on of the many Chinese restaurants. Find China town on “Zeedijk”. This is a 5 minute walk from Central Station.
One of the nicest ways to see the city of Amsterdam is from the comfort of a canal cruise. One of the mayor departure points of canal cruises is at the Central Station. Find out which canal cruise best fits your needs and hop on. It truly is a great way to get a different perspective on the city.
“Such and endless desire for friendship” is the text you will find at the Amsterdam’s Gay Monument from 1987. The pink triangle was used in World War II by Nazi-Germany as a symbol of homosexuality. Today it is a symbol of pride. The granite monument is anchored into the canals of Amsterdam to represent the struggle for gay rights. Take tram 13 or 17 from Central Station to Westermarkt.
Cruise ships dock at the Felison cruise terminal. At the cruise dock you will great facilities like tourist information and wi-fi. There are no points of interest close to the cruise dock, so keep in mind you will need some form of transportation to visit Amsterdam for example. Visit our full Ijmuiden cruise port guide for all the information.
Anne Frank is one of the 100.000 Dutch jews who died during World War II. In the middle of the city centre of Amsterdam, at Prinsengracht 263, you will find the actual house where she and her family lived for 2 years during the war. This is also where she wrote in her diary that later would go all over the world and be a source of inspiration to many, including Nelson Mandela and Primo Levi. The rooms where the Franks lived in have been left much the same as they were in the 1940’s. Expect long queues at the museum. Avoid long lines by buying your ticket online: http://www.annefrank.org/en/Museum/Practical-information/Online-ticket-sales/ Take tram 13 or 17 from central station to Westermarkt.
Amsterdam is a great place to go shopping. The largest shopping street in town is the Kalverstraat. The best place to start your shopping is at Dam square. Take any tram from Central Station (except tram 26) to stop “Dam”.
Close to the Passenger terminal you will find the Maritime museum. The Dutch are famous for their voyages and discoveries around the world especially during the 17th and 18th century. See the detailed models of the clippers of the East India Company, then the fastest ships in the world. Also find an actual clipper at the doorstep of the museum. You will find many nautical paintings, navigational equipment and examples of early atlases that tell you the story how the Dutch became one of the most powerful empires in the world.
After the war Waterlooplein revived and became the city’s best flea market. Visit this chaotic market for a taste of city life or to roam the antique, junk and clothing stalls. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm.
Stroll the flower market to see what is produced in the Dutch greenhouses. From tullips to cactus, you will find it here in of the many stalls. Take tram 1, 2, or 5 at Central station to Koningsplein.
Dam square is the closest square to Central Station. It is the beating heart of the city that has many of the most important monuments of the city on it. Find the Royal Palace and WWII monument as the two prominent monuments here. Dam square is about 10 minutes walk from the Central station, you can also take any tram (except tram 26) leaving at Central Station to Dam Square.
Museum square is the beating heart of art in the city of Amsterdam. Find it’s most famous artists on display in one of the 3 mayor art museums here. Visit one of this renowned museum, stop for lunch or sit down and relax in the sun on the best square of Amsterdam. Take tram 2, 5 or 24 from Central Station to stop “Museum plein”.